Introduction

Mid Atlantic Tours brings exemplary performing arts ensembles to communities across the mid-Atlantic region.

Mid Atlantic Tours will return for 2025-2026 with a new roster of performing artists from across the mid-Atlantic region as well as artists from countries in the Iberian peninsula and Latin America through Mid Atlantic Arts’ partnership with Ibermúsicas.   

Artists located in the mid-Atlantic region may indicate their interest in being considered for the Mid Atlantic Tours roster. See “Roster Artist Interest Form” below for more details. 

Presenters select from a curated roster of artists that changes annually but maintains a programmatic commitment to a diversity of performance genres, regional artist representation, and engaging with communities underserved by the arts. Presenters work directly with agents and eligible organizations receive support for their project.  

Presenters located in the mid-Atlantic region who engage a Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Artist during the project period receive up to 50% subsidy for the Roster Artist’s compensation as well as presenter capacity support. Presenters work directly with the Roster Artist’s Tour Manager to negotiate terms, including engagement dates and compensation. Once terms are confirmed between Presenter and Tour Manager, the Presenter completes a short application to Mid Atlantic Arts.  

Grant support range: Engagement support of up to 50% of artists fees. Minimum of $1,000. Other eligible expenses of up to $2,000 to support direct project expenses may be available in FY26. 

Eligibility and Schedule

Presenter eligibility and schedule information for the FY26 Mid Atlantic Tours program will be available in Fall 2024.  

Guidelines and Application

The guidelines below are for information purposes onlyThe deadline for the 2025 Mid Atlantic Tours program was Thursday, March 28, 2024. 

Guidelines and Webinar Recording

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Color image of a dance company in bright traditional dress with large circular headdresses.

Explore the 2023-2024 Mid Atlantic Tours engagements.

2024-2025 Artist Roster

123 Andrés 

Andrés and Christina, medium-skinned Latinx performers, in center of frame, full body with arms outstretched, standing on concrete steps, with a curvy building covered in metallic tiles in the background.

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Image: 123 Andrés. Credit: Marcelo Quiñones.

Discipline: Music | Genre: Latin/ Family 

Tour Manager: Sarah Saltwick | ss@holdenarts.org 

 

Adam Booth 

Seven large paper blue heron sculptures fill the stage space in various poses atop music stands while the performer, dressed in blue, makes a bird-in-flight pose near a blue quilt.

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Image: Adam Booth in 23 Heron’s Journey. Credit: Angela Durkin The Journal.

Discipline: Folk | Genre: Folk- Storytelling 

Tour Manager: Angie Flook | angie@adam-booth.com 

 

Alex & Olmsted 

An astronaut floating in space, her body angled towards a small astronaut marionette that is mirroring her physicality.

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Image: Alex and Olmstead in MAROONED! A Space Comedy. Credit: Ryan Maxwell Photography.

Discipline: Theater | Genre: Puppetry 

Tour Manager: Sarah Olmsted Thomas | alexandolmsted@gmail.com 

 

Debra Ann Byrd/ Harlem Shakespeare Festival  

Solo Artist Debra Ann Byrd in a scene from Becoming Othello at Prague Shakespeare.

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Image: Debra Ann Byrd in a scene from Becoming Othello at Prague Shakespeare. Credit: Prague Shakespeare.

Discipline: Theater | Genre: Drama 

Tour Manager: Debra Ann Byrd| becomingothello@gmail.com 

 

Long Point String Band 

Four men perform on mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and guitar in front of a quilted backdrop

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Image: Long Point String Band. Credit: edit: Steve Brightwell – W.V. Division of Arts, Culture and History.

Discipline: Folk | Genre: Music 

Tour Manager: Lars Swanson | longpointstringband@gmail.com 

 

Plena Libre 

Six musicians dressed in white and holding instruments pose in front of a brightly painted street corner.

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Image: Plena Libre. Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.

Discipline: Music | Genre: Plena/ Bomba/ Son 

Tour Manager: David Gaar | david@freshenuparts.com 

Full Roster Information Packet

Roster Artist Interest Form

Performing artists based in Mid Atlantic Arts’ geographic region working in circus, dance, folk and traditional performing arts, multidisciplinary performance, music, puppetry, or theater may submit the Roster Artist Interest Form to be considered for the Mid Atlantic Tours roster. 

Review the 2025-2026 Roster Artist Interest Form Overview below for full eligibility and more information about the program. 

Submissions to the Roster Artist Interest Form are due June 24, 2024.  

Questions about Mid Atlantic Tours? Reach out to Program Director, Performing Arts Sarah Lewitus at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org. 

*Mid Atlantic Arts’ geographic region includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography. 

Roster Artist Interest Form and Webinar

Opportunity & Support Type
Grant
Target Candidate
Federally-recognized Indian tribal government, Units of government, Members of Art Agencies, Performing Arts Presenter, Artist/practitioner
Discipline
Folklife & Traditional Arts
Performing Arts
Regional Requirement
DC
DE
MD
NJ
NY
PA
PR
USVI
VA
WV
Questions or need guidance?
Sarah Lewitus
Program Director, Performing Arts and Accessibility Coordinator
Sarah Theune
Program Associate. Performing Arts and Creativity in Community
Funding support provided by:
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